Where Should I Look For Mold?
You know that mold is bad, ugly, and that it can be dangerous. You also know, of course, that it is something that needs to be removed immediately from your home if found growing there.
You even know that you should try a do-it-yourself mold kit if mold contamination is even suspected.
You know how to look for mold, and maybe even what to look for.
But do you know where to look for mold growth?
According to Vicki Lankarge in her book, “What Ever Home Owner Needs to Know About Mold & What to Do About It”, she tells us that there are 8 places where mold growth is most common.
8 Most Common Places for Mold Growth
- Basements or cellars that have been flooded
- Underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks
- Underneath or behind refrigerators
- Behind walls that also house plumbing
- Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
- Around air-conditioning units
- Wallboard or around windows that leak
- Under carpeting that may have become wet
Mold Growth: Moisture & Cellulose
Mold growth is of course not limited to these 8 places, however there is a common principle that links all of these common mold environments together: moisture and cellulose – not to be confused with cellulite.
“Cellulose is mold’s favorite food source” says Vicki Lankarge in her book.
Along with moisture, anywhere there is cellulose, there could be mold growth.
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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team